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Ahead of the game: Gunning for the quarter-final…

25 October 2016

A preview of our visit to the Emirates

Three wins in the EFL Cup has landed up a trip to the Emirates this evening… and a chance for Jaap Stam’s side to equal our best ever performance in the competition.

But Arsenal stand in the way of a quarter-final place – the Gunners put four past Nottingham Forest in the previous round and sit second in the Premier League table, just goal-difference behind Man City.

We have waited over a month for this fixture since beating Brighton in round three – and finally the day is upon us!

Over 5,000 Royals supporters will be backing us in the away end… and hopefully they’ll all go home happy.


Tickets for this fixture are completely sold out.  There will be no on-the-day sales at the Emirates and fans are reminded not to travel without a ticket.  For more information about ticketing for this fixture, click here.


There are several instances of roadworks and closures in the vicinity of the Emirates this evening.  For more information about travel, parking, live updates, London Underground and more, click here.

You can also take a look at the map below for live information.




Don’t forget that West Berkshire Brewery’s pub, Shillibeers, is our official away pub – and just down the road from the Emirates!  Pints of Good Old Boy are available for £3.50 and it’s a great place to get in the mood for a trip to Arsenal.


Our gaffer Jaap Stam admits @Arsenal has been on the back-burner with so many league games... until now! https://t.co/8ONSlS3w1spic.twitter.com/X05d6F98kz

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) October 24, 2016

"We can play good stuff as we've seen this season – let’s go test ourselves against the best." @pmacca15's preview: https://t.co/Sg5R4bXPaLpic.twitter.com/LlfTYEytno

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) October 24, 2016

"We do owe them..."

Boyhood Gooner @gmccleary12 previews a visit to @Arsenal and a chance at getting payback: https://t.co/d5xKCqzZZ7pic.twitter.com/uTpSTZXo8I

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) October 25, 2016

📰 Yann says the Royals have 'nothing to lose' in this evening's EFL Cup clash at the Emirates... https://t.co/oxFhOt6p2npic.twitter.com/8iEXkmGDGw

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) October 25, 2016

Graham Scott is reffing this one – in the previous round of the EFL Cup he oversaw Liverpool’s 3-0 win in Derby.  He was on the whistle for Arsenal’s fixture at this stage of the competition last season, as Sheffield Wednesday were 3-0 winners at Hillsborough.

Richard West and David Bryan are running the lines and Michael Jones is the fourth official.


As expected, the hosts are strong favourites to win it in 90 minutes at odds of 2/9.  A Reading win in normal time is 11/1 and odds are 5/1 for the game to go to extra time.

John Swift netted in the last round and he is 7/2 to grab a goal at any time during the 90 minutes, while skipper Paul McShane – the weekend’s match-winner is 14/1 to find the net in normal time.


We wish to politely reminder supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile.  Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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